Rick is a native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He attended Muscle Shoals public schools, graduating from Muscle Shoals High School in 1979. Rick attended the University of North Alabama, graduating magna cum laude in 1983. Rick attended Vanderbilt Law School where he finished in the top 10% of his class, and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Rick also served as an Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.